Butchers prove a cut above the rest

Derek McMahon with the staff of Stuarts at the presentation.
Derek McMahon with the staff of Stuarts at the presentation.

Several local butchers shops have had a taste of success after receiving a number of awards at the recent Craft Butchers Awards.

The annual event organised by the namesake company, Scottish Craft Butchers, recognises the best of the best in meats across Scotland.

Amos Smith of WF Stark with his awards

Amos Smith of WF Stark with his awards

R T Stuart of Buckhaven was successful in a range of categories, eventually walking away with gold for its chilli pork, cheese and corriander burger and their pork and black pudding burger.

The local butcher was also awarded silver for its steak pork and apple burger, indian spiced lamb cutlets, honey and mustard kebabs and smokey bacon twisters.

Derek McMahon from R T Stuart was delighted with its awards.

He said: “We try hard to come up with fresh ideas to excite our customers’ taste buds. This recognition proves that we have refined our recipe to popular tastes and we look forward to attracting new customers who are looking for something a little different.”

And they weren’t the only local company recognised at the awards.

Watson of Leven received a gold for its pork and chorizo burger, and silver awards for its steak, cajun and mustard kebabs and lamb and mint burger.

Amos Smith of W F Stark also returned home laden with awards after receiving silver for his minute steak burger, Indian minute steak burger, pork and onion burger, Indian chicken kebabs and Thai chicken kebabs.

Ian Faulds, president of the Scottish Craft Butchers, said: “We run these evaluations not just to award excellence but to underline the diverse product range that craft butchers offer.

“It is a good time to be a butcher because customers are becoming more adventurous with their tastes and they are always seeking out the assurance of provenance that shopping at a specialist provides.”